The winner of the Autumn 2021 flashfiction competition is: Amy Elizabeth Doherty

Under the promise of the grand prize of £25, we challenged the great public to write a piece of flashfiction under 50 words, inspired by Erin Paton's stunning drawing 'Whispers' (the cover image of Makarelle Autumn 2021).

While we had strong contenders, we felt that Amy Elizabeth has met the brief most closely. In only 47 words, she managed to craft a beautiful and haunting story, complete with twist and fascinating dark imagery, which perfectly complimented Erin's illustration.